That bell ringing does a lot of good |

That bell ringing does a lot of good

Bobbie Wilhite Sue GruberThe Summit County Salvation Army Extension Service

We would like to tell the Summit Up column, which complained about bell ringing for the Salvation Army during Christmas, a little about who we have helped since January this year. We paid for school supplies for about 60 kids in our community. Among other things, we bought 48 backpacks. We paid for four eye exams and purchased glasses for some people that could otherwise not see. We sent nine kids to camp. We purchased a hearing aid for a little boy that had never heard his baby sister coo or giggle. His face lit up when he did for the first time. We have paid for lodging for our friends in need during the winter months when they had nowhere else to go. We bought food for the food bank when donations weren’t coming in. We bought diapers, baby formula, and other emergency necessities for those that needed it most. We paid for emergency daycare so a single mom could go to work. We’ve paid rent to keep kids sheltered and safe. Most people are able to shut out a little noise during Christmas for a good cause. We had 107 volunteers ringing those bells last year. They stand out in cold miserable weather for at least two hours at a time for a cause they believe in. Almost everyone falls on hard times at some point in their life. It can happen to anyone, anytime. And you know what? We’ll be here to help you, too.

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